7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker
In a world of excess where we are always updating and upgrading Jen Hatmaker takes a stand. After taking hurricane victims into her home and being told that she was rich due to her upper middle class home and the things within it, Jen decided to rethink her values.
Jen and her family took 7 months, and 7 areas of excess in their lives and worked on them to take a stand against materialism, over excess, and greed that seeps into our lives to the point we do not even identify it as greed.
The seven areas they chose were:
Each area they spent 30 days on around the #7. When they worked on food,they allowed themselves 7 foods for the month.In clothes they allowed themselves 7 pieces of clothing to wear for the month (and donated much to charities), in spending they narrowed their spending to 7 places for a month….
I loved the idea of this book. As I looked around my home, while we do not live to extreme, we are comfortable. When I think of cell phones and e readers and television, and movies I enjoy…. much that I do not need to live, but enjoy.
Seven makes you think. It makes you reevaluate. It doesn’t make you feel bad, but it does make you want to join in the cause of cutting back, and learning that life is just as enjoyable, if not even more so – when a family decides to work together to make a difference in our world and gets creative on how to spend time together when it is not with video games or movie tickets, but instead with time – real-time, together.